You must be informed about the laws that Current Legislation in UK produced in order to protect the children and young people.
1. Children Act (2004) identify five outcomes for children
1. Education Act (1993)
Parents of children under 2 years have the right to ask for the child to be formally assessed
2. Sex Discrimination Act (1975)
Ensure that individuals are not discriminated against on the grounds of their sex
3. Race Relation Act (1976)
Equality of opportunity must be promoted
4. Public Health Act (1984)
Covers the notification and exclusion periods for certain infectious diseases
5. Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulation (RIDDOR) (1995) Specify certain accidents and incidents that must be by law, reported
6. Equality Act 2010
Aims to ensure that rights of disabled individuals are met
7. Special Educational Need and Disability Act (2004)
Protects children from discrimination on the basis of disability , and settings must make reasonable adjustments to their provision to meet the need and right of the child
8. Code of Practice for First Aid (1997)
Gives guidance on the provision of trained first aiders and first aid provision
9. Protection of the Children Act (1998)
Requires a list to be kept of people considered to be unsuitable to work with children
10. Care of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations (2002) Deal with the identification, storage and use of potentially harmful substances, such as cleaning fluids
11. Childcare Act (2006) the law that sets out:
Duties on local authorities to improve outcomes for children and to ensure access to information about provision in their area Legal frameworks for regulation and inspection of provision for children from birth to age 17 The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS): this is the framework for the delivery of quality integrated care and education for children from birth to the 31 August following their fifth birthday. The EYFS includes requirements for the provision of young children’s welfare, learning and development that all providers must meet, as well as good practice guidance.
You must be informed about the role of Regulatory Bodies that made all the inspection, investigation and enforcements to my premises in order to improve the overall well-being of the children.
Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and
Skills. They report directly to Parliament and they are independent and impartial.
Ofsted is responsible for the inspection of a range of educations and children’s services, and for the inspection and regulation of registered Early Years and Childcare provision. The aim of all this work is to promote improvement and value for money in the services they inspect and regulate, so that children and young people, parents and carriers benefits. The registration process with Ofsted looks at my ability and suitability if I deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). This is the framework for the delivery of quality integrated care and education for children from birth to the 31 August following their fifth birthday. The EYFS includes requirements for the provision of young children’s welfare, learning and development that all providers must meet, as well as good practice guidance.
An Ofsted inspector will make regular visits to my premises and discuss about how I will meet the welfare requirements:
The Inspection report produced by Ofsted will covers the followings: If, I and every other person looking after children on my premises, are suitable to care for children Every person living or working on my premises is suitable to be in regular contact with children My premises is suitable for looking after children
If, I meet or will meet all the welfare, learning and development requirements of Early Years Foundation Stage and all the regulations and any conditions of registration imposed by.
After an inspection, Ofsted publishes a report on Childminder home based environment website. In addition to written comments on a number of areas,
schools and childminder premises are assessed on each area and overall on a 4-point scale:
Ofsted Register Early Years Childminders to:
Protect the children
Ensure that they meet the requirements of Early Years Register Ensure that they provide good outcomes for children that keep children healthy, safe, ensure that they enjoy what they do and achieve well, make a positive contribution and develop skills for the future Promote high quality in the provision of care and learning and development Provide reassurance to parents
Failure to complying with this welfare requirements would attract complains or concerns from parents or other people side.
The law gives to Ofsted as regulatory body a range of powers to regulate children’s social care services, which set out the action that can take in order to enforce compliance with the law. They consider the particular circumstances of each case before deciding what action they need to take. However, it is very important for me not to lose sight of the overriding principle of ensuring the welfare of children and young people.